Daily Deal Activity 03/17/15

Digital Media/Commerce

classifieds/auctions/p-to-p

Local marketing solutions provider Dex Media (Nasdaq:DXM) has spun off its new and used car buying portal EveryCarListed.com. The new entity is backed by a private financial firm, and the spinoff will allow EveryCarListed to undergo a scheduled integration process that will enhance its product portfolio. Terms of the deal were not disclosed.

classifieds/auctions/p-to-p

China-based online used car auction company Youxinpai has raised $170 million in a round of funding from Baidu, KKR, and Coatue Management. The company will use the new round of funding for expanding its platform into the B2C used car market.

ecommerce

Germany-based wine eCommerce startup Vicampo has raised $4 million in a round of funding from Passion Capital and e.ventures. The company will use the new round of funding for technological development of its platform while increasing human resources and marketing initiatives.

mobile content/apps

Creative activity mobile app developer FiftyThree has raised $30 million in a round of funding led by New Enterprise Associates. The company has raised $45 million to date and will use the new funding for hiring designers, engineers, and marketing personnel while focusing on the enterprise and education sectors.

mobile content/apps

Sweden-based user testing app developer Lookback has acquired the UK-based developer of screencasting app QuickCast, Reissued. The acquisition will enhance Lookback’s live data solutions for developers and app publishers as it looks to compete with main rival UserTesting.com. Terms of the deal were not disclosed.

social media/apps

Patreon, developer of a subscription-based funding site for artists, has acquired competitor Subbable. The acquisition is a reaction to Amazon’s shutting down of its Flexible Payments Service. Terms of the deal were not disclosed.

Digital Advertising

comparisonShopping

Japan-based price comparison portal Pricebook has raised an undisclosed amount of Series A funding led by Global Brain Corporation with participation from IMJ Investment Partners and M&S partners. The company will use the new round of funding for enhancing its platform for online and offline retailers.

vertical search

Russia-based online travel agency and content portal Oktogo has raised $5 in a round of funding from MCI Management, Mangrove Capital Partners, VenTech, and ABRT. The company has raised $26 million to date and will use the new funding for focusing on expansion in the domestic market.

Marketing Technology

analytics & targeting, Social technology

Real time information discovery company Dataminr has raised $130 million in a round of funding led by Fidelity Management and Research Company with participation from Wellington Management, Credit Suisse NEXT Investors, WorldQuant Ventures, Glynn Capital, Goldman Sachs, Venrock, and Institutional Venture Partners. The company will use the funding for expanding into new markets and broadening its offerings.

bi tools

UK-based cloud business intelligence and analytics platform developer Birst has raised $65 million in a round of funding led by Wellington Management with participation from Sequoia Capital, Hummer Winblad, DAG Ventures, and Northgate Capital. The company has raised $156 million to date and will use the funding for strengthening its international presence, expanding its sales and marketing efforts, and enhancing product capabilities.

content management

eCommerce product photography and creative content services providers Sandbox Studio and OneKreate have been acquired by Bertram Capital. The acquisitions mark Bertram’s formation of a holding company for investing in businesses that create and manage digital content and eCommerce applications. Terms of the deals were not disclosed.

mobile technology

Digital strategy and product design tools developer Solstice Mobile has been acquired by UK-based marketing services firm St. Ives Group for $74 million. The acquisitions coincides with St. Ives’ strategy of further enhancing its mobile, customer engagement, and loyalty capabilities.

Agency & Marketing Services

digital agency

Online business listing presence management solutions provider UBL Interactive has merged with Advice Interactive Group, a digital agency that develops proprietary local search technologies. The merge will provide for an increased digital presence management solution. Terms of the deal were not disclosed.

Traditional Media

consumer newspaper publishing

Apollo Global Management is in talks to acquire most assets of Digital First Media, publisher of San Jose Mercury News and the Denver Post, for $400 million. Further terms of the potential deal have not been disclosed.

Software

data management

LLR Partners has acquired a majority stake in disaster recovery solutions provider Agility Recovery. The acquisition will allow the company to expand its sales force while extending increased support for members. Terms of the deal were not disclosed.

healthcare

Diabetes management platform developer Glooko has raised $16.5 million in Series B funding led by Canaan Partners and Medtronic with participation from Social+Capital and Samsung Ventures. The company will use the new round of funding for developing its platform while focusing on expanding operations.

healthcare

Healthcare data warehousing, analytics, and outcomes improvement platform developer Health Catalyst has raised $70 million in a round of funding led by Norwest Venture Partners with participation from Sequoia Capital, Kaiser Permanente Ventures, Sorenson Capital, CHV Capital, Tenaya Capital, Epic Ventures, and Sands Capital Ventures. The company will use the funding for product development investments.

hr

Canada-based big data referral automation services provider Careerify has been acquired by LinkedIn. The acquisition will allow Careerify to develop a referral service that will help companies find prospective candidates through existing employee contacts and networks. Terms of the deal were not disclosed.

Information

healthcare information

Personalized patient engagement service provider Conversa Health has raised $2.5 million in a round of funding from undisclosed investors. The company will use the new round of funding for integrating its platform with other existing systems.

Business Services

bpo

Packaging production and supply chain solutions provider Esko has acquired MediaBeacon, a provider of digital asset management software solutions. The acquisition will allow Esko to develop into an end-to-end solution in the packaging world. Terms of the deal were not disclosed.

staffing

Philippines-based cloud job matching platform developer Kalibrr, which focuses on expedited online recruitment, has raised $2 million in a round of funding from Y Combinator. The company has raised $3.9 million to date and will use the new round of funding for launching its product out of beta-testing and starting operations in the local market.

training

Ireland-based Initiafy, developer of a job training platform for contractors and short term workers, has raised $1.5 million in a round of funding led by Delta Partners Group and ACT Venture Capital. The company will use the new round of funding for increasing its presence in the US while focusing on expanding headcount.

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